The House considers health policy bills

As debate continues over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the House has held hearings on four piecemeal bills aimed at making incremental changes to the ACA:

- The State Age Rating Flexibility Act of 2017 would expand permissible age rating bands to 5:1 (currently 3:1) under the ACA or a different ratio adopted by the state. [More]

The Obamacare Replacement Act

Senator Rand Paul introduced the Obamacare Replacement Act on January 25th, which would repeal much of Title 1 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including:

• Most consumer protections (except as outlined below)
• Rating restrictions
• Rate review requirements
• Essential Health Benefits
• Medical loss ratio requirements
• Individual and employer coverage mandates [More]

Patient Freedom Act of 2017

On January 23rd, Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins introduced the Patient Freedom Act of 2017 to largely repeal and replace Title 1 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes insurance reforms. Certain ACA provisions would remain, including changes to the Medicaid program (e.g., Medicaid expansion) and Medicare and ACA revenue provisions. [More]

PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum Receives Highest Ratings in EdReports.org Independent Review

Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced that its Engage New York (EngageNY) 6-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, published by John Wiley and Sons as Paths to College and Career (Paths), has received top scores from an expert review team at EdReports.org. Paths, and its EngageNY 6-8 derivatives, were awarded the highest score, 100 out of a possible 102 points in each grade. [More]

Administrative Action

Immediately upon entering office, President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 20th entitled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” stating his commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and directing administration officials to avail themselves of existing authority to provide flexibility in administration of the ACA. While the Executive Order provided no new authority and made no policy changes itself, it did provide examples of flexibility that should be exercised. [More]

Changing Perception, Changing Reality

Mark Bedell, superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, believes that the district can’t change its story without first telling its story.

When Mark Bedell interviewed last winter to lead the Kansas City Public Schools, he knew that the media narrative surrounding the district was largely negative. But neither he nor local stakeholders entirely blamed the press for the bad rap. [More]

Where is “Prevention” in the ACA Replacement Debate?

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans left out of the health insurance markets, such as low-income parents ineligible for Medicaid or individuals unable to access employer-sponsored coverage. Rightfully, the terms of the ACA “Replacement” debate have been framed around alternative ways for meeting this goal, with most replacement plans distinguished and measured by the various mechanisms they propose to substitute for the insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion measures used by the ACA to improve Americans’ access to health care. [More]

32 days to SXSWedu!

Excitement is mounting as we approach SXSWedu, and it’s all hands on deck here at PCG as we gear up for one of our favorite conferences of the year. We hope you have enjoyed the profiles of the panelists on the Wired for Job Embedded On-line Learning panel, including Michael Weinraub’s Found in Translation, Tom Liam Lynch’s Learning from Edison’s Mistakes, and Kim Frumin’s The Value of Teacher-Led Online Communities. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Chet Curtis to Education Practice

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Chet Curtis as Manager, Business Development for PCG’s Education practice. Mr. Curtis brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing, telecommunications, education data management and e-learning experience to PCG. Most recently, Mr. Curtis served as President and CEO of Sierra Management International, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Edupoint Educational Systems. [More]

Value Based Purchasing Trends

While uncertainty swirls around Washington, D.C., one aspect of the healthcare marketplace is here to stay: value based purchasing (VBP). With the opportunity to reduce costs and payment variability, while improving the quality of care, commercial payers are continuing the adoption of disruptive payment arrangements. [More]